Seoul Population 2013

seoul-population-2013Population of Seoul

The current population of the city of Seoul, South Korea is estimated to be about 10,442,426, which is an increase of about 1.2% from the turn of the century. Seoul is not only the capital city of South Korea, but also the largest metropolis in all of South Korea. Based on the total land area and the total population of the city, the population density of Seoul is about 45,000 people per square mile.

Demographics of Seoul

The majority of the population of Seoul identifies as native Korean. However, there are also minority communities of Japan and China, making up, along with the other minorities, only 2.2% of the population. These minority communities come from over 90 countries total. The standard Korean dialect is actually the Seoul dialect, which is used in both North and South Korea. Lastly, the two primary religions in Seoul and in the country are Christianity and Buddhism.

Economy of Seoul

Seoul has become a very important place for business and is one of the most important economies of the country. Major companies, including Samsung, LG, Kia, and Hyundai, are all based out of Seoul. The city is also the main city for transactional companies, such as Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, and UniCredit. The Exchange is also located in Seoul. Lastly, the largest and oldest markets are located in Seoul: Starium Marker and Namdaemun Market.

Sports in Seoul

One of the most popular sports in Seoul is football (American soccer). The city currently has four men’s football clubs and one woman’s football club. The men’s teams are FC Seoul, Seoul United, Seoul FC Martyrs, and Jungnang Chorus Mustang. FC Seoul is the top tier football club that plays in the K League Classic and whose home stadium is Seoul World Cup Stadium. Seoul United is a fourth tier team that plays in the Challenger’s League. Their home stadium is currently Madeul Stadium. The Seoul FC Martyrs are also a fourth tier team in the Challenger’s League. Their home stadium is the Gangbuk Public Stadium. Lastly, the Jungnang Chorus Mustang is a fourth tier team in the Challenger’s League as well. Their home stadium is Jungnang Public Ground.

Religious Monuments in Seoul

The largest Buddhist shrine in Seoul is on the grounds of the Jogyesa Temple. Daeungjeon was built in the late 1930s, following the late-Joseon-dynasty style. The shrine depicts events from Buddha’s life and also contains many pieces of floral artwork. The shrine also includes three statues of Buddha: Buddha of the Western Paradise, Buddha from India, and Medicine Buddha. Lastly, the Myeong-Dong Catholic Cathedral is located in Seoul. The building is constructed with red and grey bricks in a very Gothic manner. The cathedral was built around the end of the 19th century. The cathedral represents a national symbol of democracy and human rights due to its role it played during the Korean War.

Historical Population of Seoul

The population of Seoul has grown immensely since its beginnings in 1890 with a population of about 250,000.  The population reached 1 million at the end of the 1930s and reached 10 million in the 1980s.  The population remained fairly stagnant throughout the 1990s, increasing and decreasing throughout the decade, never really making any real growth.

Year Population
1890 250,000
1910 197,000
1920 251,000
1930 677,000
1940 1,142,000
1949 1,446,000
1960 2,445,000
1970 5,537,000
1980 6,890,000
1990 10,726,000
1995 10,595,943
1999 10,323,448

The Beautiful City of Seoul

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